Planet DMC

News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: July 2021

Heathrow and Ryanair reveal further huge losses

Britain is losing out on tourism income and trade with key economic partners like the EU and US because ministers continue to restrict travel for passengers fully vaccinated outside the UK.Heathrow Airport

Qatar Airways is revealed as the best airline for 2021

Australia-based AirlineRatings.com rated Qatar Airways for its cabin innovation, passenger service, and commitment to continue to operate throughout the pandemic.Sadie Whitelocks (Daily Mail)

China’s latest mega-airport is officially open

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the country to have two international airports, joining Shanghai and Beijing. Constructed at a cost of about 70 billion Chinese yuan ($10.8 billion), phase one of the massive aviation hub has the capacity to handle up to 60 million passengers per year, further opening up the country’s southwest region.Karla Cripps (CNN)

What should tourism be like after COVID-19? Look to Amsterdam

Amsterdam presents an interesting model. COVID has accelerated the implementation of several measures under consideration well before the pandemic took hold. The city has adopted ordinances that variously prevent souvenir shops from displacing local businesses, developers from turning residential spaces into holiday lets, and new hotels from being built.Johannes Novy (University of Westminster)

Airlines Will Have to Wait Longer on Next Gen Boeing 777 Jet

Boeing has been developing the widebody jet, a new version of its popular 777 aircraft, since 2013 and at one expected to release it for airline use in 2020.David Shepardson (Reuters)

Oman’s spectacular ‘Norway of Arabia’

Kumzar’s unique character owes much to geography. The village sits on the Musandam Peninsula, a tiny coastal exclave of Oman separated from the rest of the country by 100km of the UAE’s rocky desert. Musandam’s nickname – ‘the Norway of Arabia’ – derives from its wildly dramatic coastline, ravaged by fjord-like khors – although, unlike their Scandinavian counterparts, these rocky inlets were formed not by the steady slithering of glaciers but rather by the collision of tectonic plates, which crack the Earth’s crust from beneath like terrible creatures vying to emerge from an egg.Daniel Stables (BBC)

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